• Making a difference

    Making a difference

    This year, 2014, has been chaos. I will post a full review in a later post but recently I have been reminded that what I do in the community makes a difference. In 2011 I had the honour of being presented with a Gold Civic Award for my community work, namely my involvement with Thatcham Historical...


  • Newbury Then and Now

    Newbury Then and Now

    Many people now know about my book “Thatcham Then and Now” that was published in 2012 by The History Press. Well there is now another one, "Newbury Then and Now" that I have written. It should be on the shelves the week commencing the 12th August 2013.  W.H.Smith and Waterstones in Newbury...


  • Heartstart Thatcham's First Beat!

    Heartstart Thatcham

    Anyone who reads my blog, knows me or reads the local press will know I have been trying to set-up a Heartstart Scheme in Thatcham. Well that has now, after a year, happened.


  • Thatcham Then and Now Launch

    Thatcham Then and Now

    Many people now know about my book, “Thatcham Then and Now.” It is set to launch later this week at an event on 26th July 2012, 7pm at Frank Hutchings Community Hall in Thatcham. I am giving a short talk at the launch, presenting a few of the books to certain people and then Thatcham Family...


  • Family Tree Charts (part 1)

    The Mount's of Thatcham

    Family history is, and has been, a growing hobby for a long time for a great many people. For the Peter Allen Memorial Lectures this year, 2012, we decided to focus one talk on Family History, although almost every talk notes various well known locals. As such I thought rather than producing the...


  • Honoured with a Gold Civic Award

    Photograph by Paul Young

    In February/March 2011 I got a letter from Thatcham Town Council saying I was to be awarded a Gold Civic Award for my work in promoting the town. To say this came as a suprise would be an understatement. There are few things like this that I get that I feel I deserve. Anyway, it is something I am...


Useful: W3Schools

There are many HTML (and associated technologies) websites available. For the beginer they all look good and valid.  Some of these though are written by people who really do not have a clue, have not proof-read, have not their work or simply do not understand the language.


Jun 22, 2009

Book Review: Transcending CSS

Transcending CSS

Too many website developers still code their websites for older browsers. For example some still build their websites aiming them at Internet Explorer 5 or even earlier and then add additional functionality for newer browsers. This is known as progressive coding.


Jun 9, 2009

Record site visitors

I wrote in two previous posts (here and here) about record number of visitors to my website. In the 2008 post (stats for 2007) this number was at 3,057 visitors which Iw as pleased with. Then in the 2009 post (stats for 2008) the number of visitors stood at 15,737. This year has already seen this...


Jun 5, 2009

What If: Black Death

The Black Death has his many countries around the world killing millions. An estimated 100 million at it's height, may be more, in the mid 14th century. The Black Death is commonly thought to be an out break of bubonic plague, although this has been questioned.


May 11, 2009

TV/Film Review: Space

Space DVD cover

I have long been interested in astronomy and have eagerly followed developments such as Beagle and Hubble. Many discoveries and advances have been made, which are nicely packaged in to a short series on Space, presented by Sam Niell. The series takes a detailed look at objects in space including...


Apr 26, 2009

Useful: ePhotoZine

If you are in to photography, in a big or small way, then why not take a look at ePhotoZine. This website has many tutorials for photographers of all levels, a forum where you can discuss various topics and get help as well as an online gallery where you can have your work critiqued.


Apr 20, 2009